Friday, July 27, 2012

Raise Your Hand

How many of you have a bad back?  That rears its ugly head at the most inopportune time?  Did you raise your hand to be counted? Yep, that's me.  I put my back out on Wednesday...can't walk and lots of pain. Experience has taught me that it will go away in a few days, but in the meantime, I am stuck in limbo...no sewing...no quilting...just heat pads. 


This morning, after a round of muscle relaxers, I feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  I can spend a few minutes at the computer, followed by a few more minutes stretched out on the couch watching movies.


How did I put my back out?  It started on Wednesday morning.  We went to see the Tall Ships, just a few blocks away from us on the Port Hawkesbury waterfront.  We were having a rainy day, the first rain in a long time, and well needed, so it didn't deter us.  Walking down the hill, it was still quite a sight!






We had a wonderful time touring the ships. Even the Bounty was in port!




And several Jack Sparrows lounging around...




This ship was named The Peacemaker


All I could think was that they misspelled the name...it should have read "The Piecemaker"! 



And then it happened.  We were at the refreshment stand ordering my summer treat of a hot dog and a pop and a plastic fence fell down right in front of me.  I  immediately leaned over to help pick it up...wrong thing to do, wrong way to lean...ouch, ouch, ouch...


So, bad timing.  The Think Christmas blog hop starts on Monday (see the schedule on my sidebar...it is going to be an awesome 7 days of Christmas blocks, tutorials, and giveaways.)  I was going to make another block, but my little ole back has told me to stop. And I'm OK with that.  Really I am.  I will get ready for Think Christmas in my own way.  I just poured myself a coffee in a Christmas mug, pulled out some Christmas editions of my favorite magazine from years gone past, and I will just Think Christmas.




And because I can't seem to stop doing things with my hands, even with a sore back, I will continue to make these little hexies.




These are very tiny. I am making them in preparation for Kathleen Tracy's small quilt of the month project. Kathleen gave us some information on how to make them right here.  I want to have all my hexies made for the October quilt. I hope I can do it.  I also found the cutest video made by Susan at Homespun Quilts.  I literally googled "how to make hexies" and she popped up.  It's a great little tutorial!


So, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. My time limit on the computer has expired, this back of mine needs a rest, so I am off to the couch. Thank goodness for my little iPad to check emails...I can do that in a reclining position.

It's a great day for quilting making hexies!


41 comments:

  1. I am so sorry to hear about your back and am thankful it's starting to feel somewhat better. I've had mine go out on me before too and it's not fun.

    Love the ships! What great photos.

    I am working on my hexies for Kathy's little October quilt too only I use the running stitch to make mine. Her quilts are so sweet. I'm in the process of getting caught up on them!

    Take good care of yourself!

    Sue

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  2. Your back issue sounds really painful.. sorry to hear that. Best wishes.

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  3. Oh, no! Our backs really let us know when they are not happy, don't they! Take care so you are up and about quickly.
    Loved the boat pics and I am really impressed by the hexies!

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  4. I know what you mean - my hand was raised! I use 'Therma-Wraps' Rest, relax, and we will be ready for you On Monday

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  5. My hand was raised too! I have mild scoliosis but I have learned to live with it and I know my limitations!

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  6. :( feel better soon, Lesley ,just rest and enjoy the some future project reading :)
    Marta

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  7. I hope you feel better quickly! I too have whacked my back recently...a few weeks ago by trying a new exercise, and a week ago by taking a brisk walk with the family. Does it every time! If someone could tell me the difference between taking a walk and pushing a grocery cart through a mega store, please let me know! I have told my family I will be getting exercise by pushing a grocery cart around the neighborhood since that gives me no problems!! LOL. I am just about done with my Think Christmas block! Tis the season! Feel better!

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  8. Raising my hand! The last two times I've knocked my back out - it was by sneezing.... I was born with a defect in my spine - so I COMPLETELY understand the whole thing! Hope you feel better really soon!

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  9. Been there and done that and it does not take much at times.Hope you feel better soon.I love seeing your pics of the Tall Ships.A few years ago they came to Ottawa 50 miles from us and we did not get to see them so this was good.

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  10. Sorry to hear about your back hope it goes away soon. I occasionally have a back problem but am never sure what brings it on. I have found soaking in a tub of very warm water to be helpful as sometimes after that I have no more problem. I am looking forward to the Christmas in July Blog Hop.

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  11. I missed the ships when they come through RI, gets crazy here in the summer with all the tourists, so I avoid heading that way. I have scoliosis, so I understand how long hours at the cutting table can be a killer. I try to sew, cut, iron, etc in rounds to keep moving and from being in one position too long. When I am laid up, I do hand projects and love hexagons, have a christmas skirt in the works now and work on it when I need to rest.

    Debbie

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  12. Both my hands are raised! I've had back issues and even had back surgery, so I feel for you. I'm glad you see some light at the end of the tunnel, but don't rush it. Just keep sewing those hexie things and relax. Think Christmas is going to be so fun--can't wait to see all the creations!

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  13. Oh, Lesley. So sorry about your back. I can sympathize - I have one, too, for years and years. Didn't make it into PH to see the Tall Ships! And I didn't realize you are so close! Feel better soon. Get lots of hexies done! ~karen

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  14. I am so sorry about your back. I do hope you will be better soon! Please take care of yourself. The tall ships are awesome. I saw them coming into the harbor at Green Bay, Wisconsin one year. I am in awe of them when I think of the engineering that had to go into them when they were the only source of ocean travel.

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  15. I am so sorry! I hope your back and YOU feel better soon!

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  16. Hope you feel better soon Lesley.
    Laura x

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  17. Hope your back feels better soon. My back got hurt 12 years ago, in a car accident. In one year I had to have 14 surgeries, and I'm no where on getting better, the doctors say I have to live with my pain daily and that I'm never getting better. I always follow these quilt alongs and I do them whenever I'm able to.

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  18. Aawww you poor thing. So sorry to read about your back, I hope you heal quickly.
    Your hexies look great, I made my first attempt at these little guys last night. I have to admit...I like it.
    Take things easy my friend and get feeling better soon.

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  19. hope you feel better soon. i picked up my cannier to empty it a couple of weeks ago and thru mine out

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  20. I'd like to be one who doesn't have to raise their hand but as you know I have back issues so really... sympathize with you and hope this goes away quickly .Hexies are such fun I must check out that quilt , not that I need a new project but those hexies are portable and I will need something for my trip ;-)
    hugs Sheila

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  21. Ouch! I have arthritis in my lower back that I can really feel after I've been sitting a while sewing/driving/computer time, etc. I hope you have someone that will spoil you while you take the time to heal and rest! Be careful and don't do anything too strenuous too soon!!! Hugs! :)

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  22. Relax and rest up, my friend. Don't force yourself to do anything that might jeopardize your healing. Everything will be waiting for you just as you left it and everyone will understand if commitments aren't met. YOU COME FIRST!

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  23. So sorry about your back! There's never an opportune time to be in pain. At least I can't remember a time when I might have said, "Now, this is an opportune time for me to hurt my back!" :) Hope you feel better VERY soon!

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  24. Oh Lesley, I am sorry you are hurting. At least you saw the ships first. As they say, no good deed goes unpunished:) I'm all for Christmas mugs and old issues of magazines. Love doing that, too. Hope you feel better soon.

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  25. Hope you feel better soon! I have pulled my back a few times so I know what you are going through.

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  26. OH, I feel for you. Last year I pulled muscles in my back three different times. It was strange and painful. Hope you get better soon.

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  27. Oh goodness me, ok ice is your friend, so is a tens unit if you can your hand on one...ice on 20 min ice off for 20" ice on. Ice off...i think i got this rhymth from karate kid...but seriously this works....oh and robaxacett. The platinum kind at your local pharmacy...ok i am off to bed, i have a few more blocks to create for this think christmas thingamagig...lol

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  28. something so simple - ouch - I agree with Madame Samm cold packs even in the winter. Physio recommended last week even though immediately used them following the fall on June 15 (all my weight on left knee) and left middle finger had to cut nail below the quick....eek.
    Enjoy your Christms thinking & hexies -how tiny are they? The smallest hexie is 1/4" pre-made paper by Sue Daley in Queensland, Aust
    this is fairy size...have not tried but have the tiny scraps.

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  29. Sorry to hear about your back - I hope it repairs soon. Looks like your day was going so well before the 'incident' - lovely photos. Just as well there is something that you can do while out of action - hexies rule!

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  30. Take good care of yourself Lesley. Back problems are the worst! The ships look beautiful in your pictures. Can you imagine sailing across the Atlantic in one of them! That would really throw my back out.

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  31. Hope you get to feeling better soon (as one bad back to another)! I love the tall ships, thank you for sharing. I love my iPad you can do alot with it even blog with the right apps. Take care!

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  32. I know the back thing first hand. My DH made me clean my craft room and by the end of the day I knew something was wrong. By the next morning we had to go downtown, I couldn't even stand up straight enough to see the lights to cross the street. What a sight this then 30 something couldn't even stand up straight. The dr sent me to pt and relief, but it still acts up all the time. I hope you get better really quickly. I loved seeing the boats thru your eyes, amazing is not even enough. You Hexie's are so cute. What size are you using? And why the hole in the middle? I have always just basted around the template.
    Hugs,
    Vicki R
    sunraesban@yahoo.com

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  33. Wonderful photos of the boats....what fun to see and tour them....my hand is raised,too. Oh, such empathy for you. I do have that problem occasionally - ouch!
    Rest, rest, we will all be here when you return! :)

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  34. Oh Lesley, I am so sorry to hear about your back! Looks like it was a wonderful place to visit and yes......sounds like you...always there to help someone! Rest, rest, and enjoy your time making little hexies and reading Christmas quilt books....wow are those teeny tiny hexies! Oh, my hand is raised too!

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  35. I have degenerative disc disease so I have chronic low back pain which sometimes involved my sciatic nerve. I can so sympathize when you say your back is out...and I'm so sorry about the terrible timing! But hopefully by the first of the week you'll be back in good shape and ready to do more than just think Christmas. :) blessings, marlene

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  36. I am so bummed about your back. Nothing is worse than back issues, and now when your so busy with the blog hop!!!

    Now those tall ships. WOW! How spectacular are they. Especially for someone in Colorado, who hasn't seen much more than a puddle for water here. What a sight. Jack Sparrow! He's my hunny!! Johnny Depp, would rather die than hear that from an old quilter broad like me, I'm sure!! hahahahaha

    Wishing you the best, and looking forward to the hop!

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  37. I feel your pain as I can put my back out at the drop of a hat...much less a fence. First stop at your blog...very nice. Will give the blog hop a try. Looks fun. Feel better soon.

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  38. Back pain is no fun. So sorry it is giving you trouble but hopefully it will disappear fast. Great photos of the ships.

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  39. Hope you get better soon, I know back pain is no fun! Gorgeous pics of those ships!

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  40. Love your hexies, so tiny and cute!! So sorry to hear about your back...take care!

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